France agrees ‘strategic’ pact with Qatar

12 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

DOHA: Qatar and France signed a deal Monday to cooperate on security and economic matters, in a boost to the tiny Gulf state still locked in a diplomatic rift with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Qatar's top diplomat Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha to sign the "strategic dialogue" agreement, reports AFP.

The deal marked a "new phase" for the two countries, Al-Thani said during a press conference.

"This platform will include cooperation in different areas between the two countries, including defence security, regional security as well as energy, economy and culture," he added.


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